AMD EPYC Coming to Cisco UCS Rack Servers

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Over at the AMD Blog, Scot Aylor writes that the company’s EPYC processors are coming to Cisco’s popular UCS server platform.

The new, density-optimized Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and the Cisco UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node will be powered by AMD EPYC 7000 series processors. By integrating AMD EPYC processors, Cisco joins a growing list of server providers taking advantage of the high-performance EPYC processor’s strong balance of core density, memory, I/O bandwidth and unprecedented security features to deliver revolutionary technology for customers.

The C4200 Rack Server Chassis hosts up to four rack server nodes in two rack units (2RU) with shared N+1 redundant power and cooling, and up to 24 small form factor drives.  The UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node supports up to 2 AMD EPYC processors with up to 32 cores per processor, up to 2 TB of memory, two PCIe 3.0 slots, and an optional 4th generation Cisco UCS VIC for complete programmability, making hosting different workloads simple and easy.

The result is Cisco’s highest density solution designed for service providers building cloud platforms, manufacturers simulating new designs, retailers analyzing consumer trends, compute-intensive web and gaming back-end processing and data scientists analyzing financial markets. In fact, with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack, the Cisco solution is designed for all clustered workloads where high core density is essential.

On the management side, this solution is fully supported by Cisco Intersight management as a service. This cloud-based management approach lets administrators configure and manage all Cisco blade, rack, storage, and multi-node servers through a single interface, regardless of where the servers are installed. This role and policy-based management service enables the creation of Cisco UCS service profiles and templates that have global scope across your organization worldwide.  Critical to service providers, secure multi-tenancy is enabled by integrating a cluster through Cisco Application Centric Networking (Cisco ACI), helping to securely partition multiple workloads with network profiles that isolate tenants and applications.

The addition of AMD to the Cisco UCS server portfolio marks a first for us as partners,” said Kaustubh Das, vice president, product management – Computing Systems, Cisco’s Data Center Business Group. “Leveraging the innovation of AMD EPYC, Cisco is bringing forth transformative technology that will enable our customers to accelerate compute-intensive workloads with a high-density server that can be managed from the cloud.”

The Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and C125 Server Nodes with AMD EPYC processors are expected to be available in the second half of 2018 with tested and validated solutions with major ISVs.

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